During the winter, you’re exposed to way more indoor allergens like mold, dust mites, and animal dander than you are in the summer. After all, during the year’s coldest months, we spend pretty much all of our waking hours locked up with them.
Luckily, avoiding winter allergies doesn’t have to mean getting outside and braving the cold. Here easy ways to fight winter allergens from the comfort of your warm and cozy couch.
Dust & Dust mites – Vacuum
Microscopic, allergy symptom – inducing dust mites lurk in bedding, mattresses, carpets, and upholstered furniture. Use dust-proof covers on mattresses, box springs, and pillows to avoid exposure and regularly wash bed linens in hot water to kill dust mites. Use a HEPA-equipped vacuum to sweep at least once per week. HEPA filters improve air quality to keep humidity in the home below 50 percent, which helps to control dust mites.
Observe hygiene in the bedroom
If you have allergies, the most dangerous place in the house is a bedroom. It is home to bed mites – hawkers of allergens. Doctors are advised to choose microfiber linens or linen – they repel dust mites. Run both your washer and dryer on “hot” to help kill anything lurking in your bedding.
Use air humidifiers
Inhalation of dry air leads to overdrying of the mucous membranes of the nasal cavity, and this will only exacerbate allergy. The way out of this situation is to use a humidifier. However, if you have too wet air in the room, it will lead to the appearance of the mold, which also is an allergen. So watch for humidity (with hygrometer), which should be 35-45%.
Mold grows in damp environments like basements and bathrooms and can be present both indoors and outdoors. Airborne molds can cause asthma symptoms and allergic rhinitis. To combat mold the EPA recommends fixing plumbing problems or leaks, increasing ventilation in damp areas, and scrubbing mold off surfaces using water and detergent, and drying completely.
Use a salt solution
In addition to humidifying the air, additional protection against allergens become regular nasal irrigation with saline – it will help hold allergens and relieve inflammation.
Make regular cleaning
You should to vacuum frequently and regularly cleaned and change the filters in the vacuum cleaner. A large number of allergens found in carpets. The ideal option for you would be if you get rid of carpets, or at least to use the carpets with a short nap.
Colder weather usually means that both people and animals are indoors more often. Increased exposure to animal dander can lead to an increase in allergy symptoms. Pets should be kept out of bedrooms and other highly-used areas in the home to reduce exposure, and they should be bathed once a week.
Deal with cockroaches
Cockroaches – hawkers of the allergens at home, which then get into the respiratory tract. Numerous studies confirm that cockroaches provoke the aggravation of diseases such as asthma and allergies. If at your house are cockroaches, then you should take all measures to eliminate them.
Smoke and Pollutants
Firewood into the home can contain mold spores. Wood burned in a fireplace can release irritating smoke and other airborne pollutants into the home environment, potentially causing allergic rhinitis or asthma symptoms. Be sure that when bringing in any firewood into the home that it’s been cleaned and checked for mold. In addition, when starting any fire, be sure that the chimney damper is open so that no unwanted smoke comes into the home.